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The Third Son

Fiction: Literary Fiction
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/30/2013

The Third Son

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Audio CD ISBN:9781622311460
Digital Download ISBN:9781622311477


Set amid the tumult and violence of postwar Taiwan, an outcast politician’s son must fight against the formidable bonds of culture and family for everything he needs: food, education, his first love—and the impassioned dreams that would carry him far beyond the clouds.

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It’s 1943 as air-raid sirens blare in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, eight-year-old Saburo is in no hurry to go home to the abuse he suffers at the hands of his parents and older brother. In the peach forests of Taoyuan, he encounters Yoshiko, whose loving family is like a glimpse of paradise for him. Their brief meeting is a memory he cherishes from that moment forward, and for years after he tries to locate her again. But when he finally does, she is by the side of his eldest brother and greatest rival.

As the Chinese Nationalist Army lays claim to the island after the war, Saburo bravely struggles to break free of the future assigned him by heritage and circumstance and to go in search of new frontiers.


“Shih’s narration perfectly matches the character of Saburo, a likable man who confronts life and its challenges straight on, while struggling with often misplaced self-doubt.”

“Narrator David Shih captures the many accents perfectly. . . . Recommended for fans of coming-of-age sagas and fiction set in Asia.”
      —Library Journal

     —O Magazine

“A stunningly pure and inspiring love story.”
     —The Boston Globe

Author Bio

JULIE WU received a BA in literature from Harvard University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and an MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was awarded a grant from the Vermont Studio Center and won a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship.

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